Myanmar arrests journalists, activists in crackdown

YANGON, Oct 30 — Myanmar authorities have arrested up to 50 people including journalists, political activists and students in a security crackdown this month in its biggest city, a Thailand-based human rights group said today.

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Ronaldo, Kaka on Fifa’s world player shortlist

Ronaldo, Kaka on Fifa’s world player shortlist

LONDON, Oct 30 — Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, the last two winners of the World Player of the Year award, have been included in a Fifa shortlist for this year’s accolade.

The 23-man shortlist was drawn up by Fifa’s Football Committee and will be voted on by the captains and head coaches of the world’s national teams with the winner to be announced on December 21.

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M.Insider: Julia Roberts’ film producer warned not to disturb sanctity of Bali shrines

M.Insider: Julia Roberts’ film producer warned not to disturb sanctity of Bali shrines

juliaDENPASAR, Oct 30 – The chairman of Bali’s Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI), I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana hopes the making of a film starring Julia Roberts in Bali, will not disturb the sanctity of the region`s religious shrines, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported Friday.

“During the shooting of the film `Eat, Pray, Love` for almost two weeks in Bali, PHDI and I were never invited to meet with the producer, or even asked to coordinate,” Sudiana said here.

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China’s enforcement officers following their counterparts in ASEAN and turned into thugs

China’s enforcement officers following their counterparts in ASEAN and turned into thugs

Comment. I just changed the topic.

SHANGHAI, Oct 30 — A highly publicised case of injustice has led to calls for the reform, or even abolition, of a law enforcement agency found in every Chinese city, and which is notorious for its thuggish behaviour.

Attention is focused once again on the chengguan, or City Urban Management Enforcement Bureau, after bureau officers in Shanghai falsely accused delivery truck driver Sun Zhongjie of using his vehicle as an illegal taxi.

The incident, which outraged the nation after the 19-year-old driver chopped off part of his left little finger on Oct 14 to protest his innocence, followed a bout of negative publicity for chengguan officials.

Chengguan was introduced in the late 1990s to take care of a broad range of street-level issues in China’s rapidly growing cities, such as cracking down on illegal vendors, unlicensed cabs and fly-by-night tourist guides.

But the enforcement agencies of many cities have mutated into havens for bullies running a lucrative network extorting money from offenders.

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Malaysian Insider: Saudis try to head off swine flu fears before Hajj

Malaysian Insider: Saudis try to head off swine flu fears before Hajj


Hundreds of thousands of Muslims pray around the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque during in Mecca – Reuters pic

RIYADH, OCT 30 — Every year, the single largest gathering on the planet is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca: 2.5 million people from 160 countries packed into a small city in Saudi Arabia for five days.

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A chameleon or latest Malay traitor?


 New Malaysian chameleon. Pic and facts from Wikipedia

The family Chamaeleonidae are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. They are distinguished by their parrot-like zygodactylous feet, their separately mobile and stereoscopic eyes, their very long, highly modified, and rapidly extrudable tongues, their swaying gait, and the possession by many of a prehensile tail, crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads, and the ability to change color, uniquely adapted for climbing and visual hunting.Who is a new chameleon or Malay traitor?I don’t know and do not wish to comment. The readers should just read the news reported by the Star newspaper.

 When we wrote to him to accept Burmese Muslim migrants in his new Islam Had Hari (sorry I am trying to forget the real nomenclature) when he went to preach the Christian foreigners in Germany and Australia, he ignored the fallow Muslim Migrants even staying in his country. Can he clarify and confirm that his version of Islam is not meant for other Muslims even if they are in Malaysia. Then why went to preach to foreign non Muslims and Muslims in OIC?

 It is unfortunate that in some Muslim societies, Islam has become identified with narrow nationalist and cultural boundaries,” Personally I don’t think he is referring to his own race and religion. But he need to explain that he is not. But he never refuted the Bangkok Post report about his interview where he encouraged and even incited the Thai navy to push back Rohingya MUSLIM REFUGEES to let them die or drowns in the deep Indian Ocean.


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Migrant rights’ NGO Tenaganita in Mkini:Check your facts and get to work, Mr Home Minister

Migrant rights’ NGO Tenaganita in Mkini:

Check your facts and get to work, Mr Home Minister

Migrant rights’ NGO Tenaganita has lambasted the home minister for claiming that the recent death of domestic help Mautik Hani following abuse by her employers is the first of its kind in the country.

36-year-old Mautik Hani from Surabaya died having been severely beaten by her Malaysian employers, and then bound and locked up in a toilet for two days.

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Mkini: Swift ‘injustice’ at Malaysian Immigration Courts

Mkini: Swift ‘injustice’ at Malaysian Immigration Courts

refugee arrested by rela officers 200608Wati (name changed to protect identity) is a mother of two – a teenager and a five-year-old.

But the Indonesian national has not seen them for eight years now because she has been working in Malaysia.

Two weeks ago, immigration officers raided the place where she works and was taken into custody.

Her stay now in Malaysia will be extend by another 12 months, but this time as a prisoner.

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Mizzima:Junta supremo to visit Sri Lanka

Junta supremo to visit Sri Lanka

Jackson docu “This Is It” gets jump on weekend

ORLANDO, Florida, Oct 27 — The Gloved One looks likely to have a posthumous hit at the box office this weekend.

Sony Pictures bows the Michael Jackson documentary “This Is It” as the week’s sole wide release. Sony will get the jump on the weekend by moonwalking “This Is It” into about 3,500 theatres starting at 9 p.m. PDT tonight.


Uighur film shunned due to China fears

Uighur film shunned due to China fears

TAIPEI, Oct 27 — International movie distributors have shunned a film on exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, whom China condemns as a separatist, because they fear Beijing’s wrath, the film’s producer said today.

As “The 10 Conditions of Love” finishes showing at a Taiwan film festival this week, it lacks new venues as potential takers in Canada, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands and Britain turned it down, producer John Lewis told a media conference.

“We have an international sales agent in London. They say we’ve sold to very very few broadcasters,” said Lewis, who is based in Australia. “The head of the sales agency tells me the film is too sensitive, too poignant, too controversial.”

Several film festivals have also declined the film, Lewis said, although event organisers in Hong Kong and Turkey have expressed interest.

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Malaysiakini letter: Tenaganita’s heartbreaking stories of abused migrants

Malaysiakini letter: Tenaganita’s heartbreaking stories of abused migrants

Who is Mautik Hani?

Do we care? 

This is who she is not:

She is not a ‘statistic.’

She is not an ‘isolated incident’.

Mautik Hani was a woman.

She was a daughter; she was someone’s friend.

Somebody called her ‘my neighbour’; another called her ‘my sister’. 

Mautik Hani had dreams to chase;

questions to ask; memories to share.

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Developing countries must boost broadband, says UN

Developing countries must boost broadband, says UN

 Poor broadband infrastructure puts developing countries at risk of missing the benefits of IT. — Reuters pic

GENEVA, Oct 27 — Developing countries risk missing out on the benefits of information technology because of their lack of broadband infrastructure, a UN agency said.

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Web addresses may go beyond English

Web addresses may go beyond English

SEOUL, Oct 27 — The Internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history, with the expected approval this week of international domain names — or addresses — that can be written in languages other than English, an official said yesterday.

That change could potentially open up the Web to more people around the world as addresses could be in characters as diverse as Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Hindi and Cyrillic, in which Russian is written.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann — the non-profit group that oversees domain names, or website addresses — is holding a meeting this week in Seoul.

One of the key issues to be taken up by Icann”s board at this week”s gathering is whether to allow, for the first time, entire Internet addresses to be in scripts that are not based on Latin letters.

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